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Big John's Salvage is a location in the Commonwealth in 2287.


This area includes a shop, salvage yard, and family home owned by John Miller before the war.


The location has been transformed by raiders to include platforms and walkways between them. In the salvage yard is a train car with a bunker. It appears that previously, a battle was fought here between super mutants and raiders, with the former coming out on top and claiming residency.

Inside the tipped train car is a hatch leading to a bunker. To open the hatch, follow the wires leading from it to a generator nearby and activate it. The bunker is the broadcast location for the Miller family radio signal and the remains of its residents can be found inside.[1] The bunker contains Big John's safe key which can be used to open the Master safe on the second floor of the nearby house and the safe under the register at the front desk of the shop.

Notable loot

  • Railway rifle - In the Millers' bunker. It is located in a blue railway carriage just behind and to the right of his house, beyond the wire fence behind the house. A wire runs through the junkyard, leading to it. It also respawns as soon as the location itself resets.
  • Tales of a Junktown Jerky Vendor issue #1 - On the small table with the lantern, inside the caravan perched atop the containers, adjacent to the steamer trunk.
  • Mini nuke - In the same hut as the skill magazine, in an open refrigerator and between the orange storage container and the yellow forklift.
  • Super mutant arm guards - In the same hut as the skill magazine.
  • To the south, there is an unmarked destroyed military checkpoint with a Mr. Gutsy patrolling the area. A power armor frame can be found near the guard scaffolding waving the flag.
  • Bottlecap mine - On a table on the top floor of the store.
  • Big John's safe key - Next to the radio in the shelter (could be lying on the floor behind the radio).
  • Suicide note - Next to a skeleton west of the salvage.

Related quests


  • Once the Brotherhood of Steel arrives in the Commonwealth, a battle may take place between them and the resident super mutants.
  • After completing the main game, down the road, a squad of the Sole Survivor's chosen faction will be present at the military checkpoint.


Big John's Salvage appears only in Fallout 4 and is mentioned in Fallout: Wasteland Warfare.


  • Icon pc.png Icon ps4.png Turning the generator on before attempting to open the bunker could cause the glitch mentioned above, but before actually entering for the first time. [verified]
    • Reloading the game to a point before activating the generator, then attempting to open the bunker first before activating the generator may solve this issue.
  • Icon pc.png Icon ps4.png Icon xboxone.png The bunker may become sealed again after exit. The generator has already been switched on, so there is no way to enter the bunker besides using console.[verified]
    • On PC, the console command coc BigJohnsSalvage01 will teleport the player character into the shelter.



  1. Fallout 4 Vault Dweller's Survival Guide Collector's Edition p.372: "[6.09] BIG JOHN'S SALVAGE
    The Miller family home by the road is in ruins, with corpses of Raiders strewn about. Upstairs is John Miller’s terminal and his safe (Master). The hardware store offers a back room (Novice) and counter safe (Advanced). Stairs leading up to a makeshift lookout shack with a button moving two rusty vehicles allow access from the road. The salvage yard has numerous rickety walkways and rusting vehicles to inspect, including a bus with a safe (Advanced). There’s also some makeshift ramps up to a trailer with a trunk and magazine to pilfer. Climb up a fridge and drop into a long blue container to reach a shelter trapdoor. It is sealed; follow the black electrical wire to a circuit breaker on a generator by the lookout hut and activate it. The shelter has a key to open the safes, revealing evidence of what happened to the Millers."
    (Fallout 4 Vault Dweller's Survival Guide Map)